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Nintendo: Bowing Out of E3 2013?

Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan | Wikipedia

Nintendo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan | Wikipedia

For almost 20 years, Nintendo has held its annual press conference at the E3 event. But this year, it appears that the company will be bowing out of the usual proceedings.

In a meeting with investors last Wednesday, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata hinted that they won’t be having a “large-scale presentation where new news is presented to a general audience from all over the world as in previous years.”

Below is Iwata’s statement, as translated by NeoGAF’s StreetsAhead:

First, we decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the internation audience where we announce new information as we did in the past.

Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the US market. There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event for mainly the Western gaming media. Also, I did not speak at last year’s presentation, and I am not planning to speak at these events at the E3 show this year either. Apart from these exclusive events for visitors, we are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information about our games directly to our home audience around the time of E3. We will share more information about them once they have officially been decided.

During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will take the same approach outside Japan for overseas fans as well.

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